2013: Windows 8.1 expands the Windows 8 vision
Windows 8.1 advances the Windows 8 vision of providing a powerful collection of apps and cloud connectivity on great devices; it’s everything people loved about Windows 8, plus some enhancements.
Windows 8.1 combines Microsoft’s vision of innovation with customer feedback on Windows 8 to provide many improvements and new features: more Start screen personalization options that sync across all devices, the option to boot directly to the desktop, Bing Smart Search so you can find what you’re looking for across the PC or the web, a Start button to navigate between the desktop and Start Screen, and more flexible options for viewing multiple applications at once on one or all screens. There are also several new built-in apps such as Bing Food & Drink, Bing Health & Fitness, and great utility apps like Reading List, Calculator, and Alarms. Many of the great apps shipped in Windows 8 are back and even better, making your experience more enjoyable right from the start.
In addition to these user experience changes, Windows 8.1includes new and improved features like Workplace Join and Work Folders that enable Windows devices to connect more easily to corporate resources.
Geek trivia: Power users with multi-monitors can now have up to four apps from the Windows Store per screen appear on each monitor connected to the PC.